from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To mark with stains; discolour; spot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To stain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mark with stains; discolor; spot.


From be- +‎ stain. (Wiktionary)


  • In the time of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn wished to give the post of abbess to a friend, but King Henry had scruples on the subject, for the proposed abbess had a somewhat shady reputation; he wrote, "I would not for all the gold in the world clog your conscience nor mine to make her a ruler of a house, which is of so ungodly a demeanour, nor I trust you would not that neither for brother nor sister I should so bestain mine honour or conscience."

    From John O'Groats to Land's End


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